Surely you have read the blog, “McMansion Hell”? If not, here you go. The author (who must be an architect) says
McMansion Hell aims to educate the masses about architectural concepts, urban planning, environmentalism and history by making examples out of the places we love to hate the most: the suburbs.
By alternating comedy-oriented takedowns of individual houses with weekly informative essays about urbanism, architecture, sociology, and interior design, McMansionHell hopes to open readers’ eyes to the world around them, and inspire them to make it a better one.
We understand. (We also think he’s kind of snarky.) But we also hope McMansion Hell doesn’t look too closely at North Texas. The home they chose to rip apart recently is 4504 Tour 18 Drive in Flower Mound for $829,900. It’s listed with Jim Streigel of Coldwell Banker. Listing date: 3/16/2016. It was built in 1994, is on 2 acres in a golf course community, and the price has already been reduced to $829,000 from $939,900. Wow. High hopes.
But really, honestly, what does a real estate agent do with stuff like this???
Here’s what the author had to say about Flower Mound:
a surprisingly euphemistic name for a small town in a heavily conservative state.
Obviously, the builders took the name of the town to heart when designing this house – and not the “Flower” part either.
Ouch. Well here is the rest of the house. I found one very pretty room, done up in black toile. The rest of the house is so stuffed with heavy furniture that matches the copious crown moldings I kind of needed to go get fresh air.
I post this not to be mean, because obviously this home has people who love it and it is someone’s home, no matter how much of a “mound” it is. There are some very pretty parts. I post it because I truly want your opinion: what would you do with a listing like this to make it more appealing?
That kitchen is pretty dated. Should the cabinets be resurfaced? How about that ancient sink? The counters? Would changing out some light fixtures help? New flooring in the foyer? Should the draperies go? (So biased here, not a drapery gal…) But I kind of like the master closet (trying very hard to be positive).